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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Lisa Harrow
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 495 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042HOQ2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A lavish nine-part series about the life and times of the child born Nancy Langhorne in Danville, Virginia, on 19th May 1879 who would become the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons, introduce a Private Member's Bill that raised to 18 the age qualification for buying alcohol and vote against the Government in May 1940 - helping Winston Churchill to become Prime Minister.

More than just a biography of the first ever woman to sit in the House of Commons, this epic series on the life of Nancy Astor is a compelling story of rags to riches, romance and heartache.

A story that begins in post-civil war Virginia follows Nancy through a disastrous teenage marriage to an arrogant and conceited playboy and finds her divorced and a single mother by the time she is 24. Only a move to England offers a way out of her misery.

Witty and charming, Nancy became the focus for the country's most eligible bachelors, including the man she takes as her second husband, Waldorf Astor – one of the richest men in the world. Moving into the lavish stately home, Cliveden, Nancy enjoys life as a prominent hostess for the social elite, but when Astor surrenders his seat in the Commons for a place in the Lords, a door opens that will seal Nancy’s place in history forever…

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This life of Nancy Langhorne, who became Nancy Astor, comes as a 3 DVD set, with over 7 hours of viewing, so pretty good value. The sets and staging are lavish, and the narrative convincing. It would be interesting to compare with other biographies of the Astor family. It was a slight pity that her niece, Joyce Grenfell, does not get any mention, but you can't have everything. Overall this is well worth watching. Originally made for TV in 1981-2, one of Pierce Brosnan's early appearances.
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I was amazed at the positive reviews of this drama. While all the supporting actors did well enough, (apart from the wooden performance given by her father), I found Lisa Harrow's performance as Nancy pretty awful. Apart from her atrocious Southern accent, (which, at its best, pronounced 'ou' as 'oo' and, at its worst, moved between Hampstead, to Ireland, to Scotland and back), there was no light and shade in her performance so that the character was completely one dimensional.
The script was tedious and too much time was spent on the character's early life, waiting for something interesting to happen.
The best thing about it was the costumes and cars! Not one of the BBC's best!
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I found this to be an excellent video and a look at the other side of History. Wow. What a woman. Recommend this for all interested in how women came to the forefront of politics.
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First if all, I was surprised at the good quality of the recording, considering it was first aired in 1982, which is when I first saw this production. I remembered enjoying it, but having seen it again, I remember why!

A brilliant performance from Lisa Harrow and all the cast. I cannot imagine for one minute that Lady Astor was easy to live with, but the production shows the mixture of love and exasperation that her family must have felt. So, in the end, a very human story.

The dvd cover describes it as 'a compelling story of rags to riches, romance and heartache'. It is all of that, but more.
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There was nothing at all about this series that I found appealing. The story was very slow to develop, the acting wasn't really top-notch, and the southern-belle accent of the lead actress was simply irritating. Unusually, I found nothing at all in the title character appealing, and this in itself ensured that I wasn't going to like the series. In truth, I skipped a few of the later episodes, and moved on to the very last one to see how it all ended up. I've acquired a huge collection of DVD's over the years, and this I'm afraid is very much at the bottom of the heap.
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Nancy Astor is an excellent period drama. It wasn't at all what I expected because I didn't really know much about Nancy's political career so it made this really well produced DVD all the more enjoyable. Fantastic cast and acting, a fabulous wardrobe and we've recommended it to others as a "must watch" drama.
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Brilliant acting. Brilliant cast. Long though, and so you need to make the time to see it all. Historically interesting and I did learn a lot from it. Thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend it to my friends who have the patience and the time to watch it.
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As a serious period drama fan, I was interested in the subject matter and the fact that a very young Pierce Brosnan was in it. I don't think I actually made it all the way to the end (it does go on for 435 minutes). Nancy Astor is annoying and grating from the word go, and she really doesn't get much better. The accents are kind of odd, and it shows its technological age (1982)by the somewhat dreary sets and lighting. The dialogue could have been much more exciting - one doesn't feel able to really engage with the characters or the subject matter. Okay for a period of convalescence, perhaps, but will never make it to the favourites list.
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